Traveling exhibit shares bird’s eye views of Latvia

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An exhibit of aerial photographs titled Rīga from above opened at the Europe House (Huis van Europa) in The Netherlands town of The Hague Thursday, the Latvian Embassy in the Netherlands announced.

The photos were taken by Juris Kalniņš in collaboration with architect Jānis Dripe and pilot Jānis Andersons and was sponsored in part by the Riga 2014 Foundation together with the Foreign Ministry.

Ambassador Māris Klišāns welcomed guests from the diplomatic corps and international organizations who gathered to show their interest in Riga’s architectural diversity – from the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Town, to the walls of the Riga fortress, its many church spires and modern architecture.

Members of the Latvian diaspora, including Latvians working for international organizations in the Netherlands were also on hand to welcome the show, where they were treated to the tastes of Latvian sparkling wine and Laima confections.

Meanwhile, in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee, another exhibit of the aerial photography of Juris Kalniņš called “Bird’s eye view of Latvia” was launched Wednesday, according to the events listings of the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Photographer Juris Kalniņš has been active in creative aerial photography since 1995. This exhibition presents just a small part of the artist's distinctive body of works created over almost 20 years and recorded in flights over Latvia – from hot-air balloons, helicopters or airplanes.

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